Hotel at a Glance: The Boxer Hotel
The Boxer Hotel stands near two of Boston's most iconic neighborhoods. The North End, located northeast of the TD Garden (where the Celtics play), lays claim to one of the country's most authentic Little Italy districts, complete with dueling cannoli bakeries and harbor-side restaurants. Just down the street, historic Beacon Hill has boutique shopping, gorgeous private homes, and the enchanting Boston Common.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, and free WiFi; junior suites have city views and separate seating areas.
- Onsite dining: Finch restaurant serves local favorites such as lobster mac and clam chowder, plus interesting cocktails, beers, and wine.
- See the Celtics at the TD Garden, just a short walk away.
- Fitness room: equipped with free weights, cardio machines, a big TV, and complimentary towels and water
- Hotel for dogs: Bring along your pet for a $50 deposit.
Boston's West End: Bruins, Celtics, and a History of Controversy
Though not as well known as its next-door neighborhoods—the North End and Beacon Hill—Boston's West End nevertheless has an interesting history and several vibrant attractions all its own. The area once housed a large community of Italians and Jews, only to be targeted for an urban renewal project in the 1950s, possibly as political payback from the newly elected mayor. You can learn more about the area's history at the West End Museum.
Today, the neighborhood may be best known as the home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins, who play at the TD Garden. For a taste of local history, pay a visit to the former Charles Street Jail, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. The 1851 building kept some famous names behind bars, including Malcolm X, notorious Mayor James Michael Curley, and the controversially imprisoned anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.